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Homemade Spelt Loaf with Walnuts

Homemade Spelt Loaf with Walnuts

This is my first attempt at homemade bread, have been wanting to try different bread for what seems like forever and always end up reverting baking to baking a cake or something familiar.

Am so pleased I willed myself to try and this was the result and I would thoroughly recommend it, using Spelt flour I followed a simple recipe for my first attempt.

The end result was two loafs (need to buy the correct tins) one which you see here, when toasted it reminds me a lot of Soda bread in N.Ireland. We have simply been enjoying it with butter but would work beautifully alongside a salad or with a tart jam.

Recipe below:

Ingredients:

500g Spelt flour

1tsp of quick yeast

1tsp salt

1tsp of sugar

1 tbs olive oil

300 ml of tepid water

50g of walnuts

4tbs of orange juice

How to make:

1. Pre heat your oven to 200 degrees (fan).

2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, yeast, salt, and sugar.

3. Stir in the water and while the mixture is still lumpy add the oil.

4. Knead well to make a smooth and pliable dough (I did this using my Kitchenaid with the dough attachment).

4. Leave the dough in a bowl (just left in the mixing bowl) covered with a cloth, in a draught free place, to double in size. 

5. Meanwhile chop the walnuts and leave them to soak in the orange juice.

6. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface, add the soaked walnuts then knead firmly for several minutes (again used the Kithenaid).

7. Shape the dough and put it into an oiled 1kg/2lb bread tin (i used half for my banana loaf tin) or and the other half on an oiled baking sheet to test.

8. Cover & leave dough to rise for about 40 minutes in a warm place.

9. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 40/45 minutes.

 i will certainly be making this again as was worth the wait!

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